Thursday, March 13, 2014

Insidious: Chapter 2 will give you answers and more questions

After watching Insidious a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Insidious: Chapter 2. I had heard that the sequel was much more scary than the original, but that wasn't at all the case! At least not for me. I'd call this movie more creepy than scary. I do still recommend watching Insidious: Chapter 2, especially if you could use some closure after watching the first movie. I hadn't realized how many loose ends were bothering me until I saw them explained. I'll try to write about this in the vaguest of ways for those who haven't seen the second movie.
There's a new ghost in the house. Shhhh....
Insidious: Chapter 2 will explain the shocking ending of the first movie. You'll learn the identity of the "Bride in Black" ghost and learn more about who this character was as a living person. You'll learn more than perhaps you want to! There are two main ghosts in this second movie, and both of them were far scarier when they were alive. You'll get some closure on where we left off with Elise and get introduced to one of Elise's old paranormal investigator friends. The two goofy paranormal investigators from the last film have a major role this time. I have a feeling that the writers got some feedback about how much people liked those guys.

Like the first movie, Insidious: Chapter 2 feels like a tribute to classic horror movies. Last time, it felt like we were watching a Poltergeist tribute with a touch of The Woman in Black. This time, it was a Psycho tribute with bits of The Shining thrown in.

The settings were perfect yet again. Someone is great at finding creepy old houses to film in. The props were a great fit too. Children's toys were used to their full advantage.

Without spoiling too much, I have some questions for those who have watched Insidious: Chapter 2. Despite all the explanations in the movie, I was still left with some confusion. I'll try to ask these in a vague way, and maybe you can give me your opinions in the comments.

Who was in the closet? (The scariest parts of this movie for me involved that closet.)

Why hadn't some nearly 30 year old corpses rotted? Or were they supposed to be ghosts?

Why in the heck would a mother who had the terrible experiences in the first film ever leave her baby unattended? Repeatedly. Again. I don't really expect an answer to this one.

Why didn't the parents take the batteries out of that baby's scooter thing? Honestly, the ghosts were playing with that more than the kid.

Why did Parker take that elevator ride down and leave through the hospital's front door?

Why did Parker's mom make her major wacky parenting choice? (Not like anyone can really know this. I'm just interested in your opinions.)

Parker's mother was given the blame for some of his actions. Was she really telling him to do these things or was it all in his head? 

What do you think happened to Parker's mother?

OK, that's enough questions. I don't think I gave too much away. Hopefully, I didn't write them in such a vague way that the people who have seen this movie don't know what I'm talking about!

Overall, this was an interesting watch. Probably the most interesting part was the relationship between the past, present, and future. The way that our future selves might interact with our past selves. I thought that was the most creative idea in the movie, and it took some work to wrap my head around it. A third Insidious movie is planned for 2015. From what I can tell, we're starting over with a new family next time. This is fine by me, because I feel like the Lambert family has been though enough!


  1. I didn't really like the 1st one, although I thought there were a few good creepy scenes. To be honest, I liked the 2nd one MUCH better...which is rare for me. I can't answer any of your questions, because I saw it a while ago and don't remember a lot of details. But some of your questions were funny, like the batteries out of the toys and leaving the baby unattended.

    1. Midnyte Reader ~ Really? Why do you think you preferred the second one? I enjoyed seeing things explained in Chapter 2, but the first one scared me a lot more. Frights are such a personal thing. I know that sometimes the stuff that's really freaked me out has just bored other people and vice versa.

      Haha! Yeah... as far as that unattended baby and the toy/scooter thing, there wasn't a whole lot of common sense going on. I mean, these people already had the baby monitor doing creepy things through the whole first movie while ghosts pestered the baby and a demon thing was crawling about. Still, they decided to leave it alone on the second story of the house while they hang out on the first story. I think I'd have that baby in a stroller and roll it to whatever room I was in at the time. As for that annoying, beeping, light up baby holder, who on earth would want to be bothered by that a second time? The mom was even tripping over the thing with no ghosts involved! I'm always saying that if the characters in horror movies used any common sense, there wouldn't be a much of a movie. :)

  2. So did you like Insidious 1 better than 2? And will you watch number 3?

    1. Matt ~ I enjoyed them in different ways. The first Insidious was full of good scares that stuck with me, while the second Insidious felt more like a drama. I preferred the first one, but I still recommend watching the second one! From what I've read online, lots of people don't share my opinion. Many reviewers found Insidious: Chapter 2 more scary. I think it all depends on what scares you. I tend to get more scared by the mysterious stuff we can't see.

      Sure, I'm up for watching the third one. It looks like that story is going to be about an entirely new family, which is fine by me. The writers could probably keep this franchise going for a long time. As long as they can keep coming up with plots about people who can access the further.

      Let me know what you think of Insidious: Chapter 2 if you end up watching it!

    2. Hey! Did Insidious 2 have soundtrack music, or was it like 1 with no soundtrack music?

    3. Matt ~ Hmm... I don't remember any music, so I'm going to say no. It seemed like there was a lot of silence between the scary moments. The only song I remember in the first movie was "Tiptoe Through The Tulips". That one was memorable!